A Christmas Eve Walk

With the weather being so horrible yesterday, and not much better today, we haven’t exactly been donning the coats and hats to go out for a walk. We have both commented that if Maggie was still with us, we would have done just that as she had her routine and time frame, which we were ‘encouraged’ by nudges and pacings to and from the door to follow.
With this recent spell of very cold weather, even with her little jacket on, she would have been chilled to the bone which would not have done her arthritis any good whatsoever.

Today as we took the inner wrapper off the gammon joint we’d cooked in the pressure cooker, we said in unison that the bits that had stuck would have been perfect for her.
So many little things, like crumbs of bacon, small bits of cheese, a forkful of minced beef, a biscuit or a piece of sausage, no longer finding their way to a sniffing nose and soft mouth. Saying that though, as her eyesight was failing, she couldn’t judge distance very well so you had to be quick sometimes to get your fingers out of the way. I found it best to put my hand in line with her jaw and it seemed to work.

This was her attacking a trifle dish. Unlike Barney, she never mastered putting her foot in it to keep it still and chased it round her bed and the table.

We did go for a walk a couple of hours ago as the rain had stopped, but it was bitterly cold, and the wind cut through our coats like a knife. We kept to the estate, walking a little further by including two more streets and were able to enjoy a lot of external Christmas lights. It’s like our own grotto as they are so varied and quite lovely.
We met up with two dog walkers, saw another in the distance to wave to, and were out for over half an hour. It was enough for us to have freezing hands despite gloves, numb ears despite hats and runny noses by the time we got back.
The house was warm and welcoming though, and as always, the kettle was immediately put on for tea.

We have had over 50 cards this year, and not one duplication. Some have given me ideas for my efforts for next year, so it will be interesting to see if they work!
Many years ago cards received would be cut up and used as gift tags the following year. When I started card making, I used some pictures on the front of mine.
Our neighbour has been having a sort out and came across a lot of very festive shiny gift bags and wondered if I could make use of them for my cards. I’m sure I can as some are really pretty, and I can use them for backgrounds. In the New Year I shall be checking for any bargains of unsold Christmas stocks and see what I can find. These were actually gift tags or toppers.

We are all locked in for the night now, and it’s just started to tip down with rain again. It sounds icy, so could be more hail.
Sleep well everyone! Tomorrow is Christmas Day!!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to A Christmas Eve Walk

  1. willowdot21 says:

    It’s been very cold here but dry, I have got three loafs of washing dry, thanks to a risk wind. We walked Ruby early this afternoon to miss any rain. 💜💜💜

  2. murisopsis says:

    Merry Christmas! It has been bitterly cold here with a high of 21 degrees F (-6C). We were out very briefly to go geocaching and nearly froze our noses off. Tonight is Midnight Mass and Sparky is singing with the choir (masked and distanced) but I’m staying home for the virtual event – I’ll still get to hear him sing but won’t be exposed to any of the people (which is the prudent thing), Of course I’ll be getting my COVID surveillance test on Tuesday so at least I’ll know if he brings any of the nastiness home….

  3. Sadje says:

    Hope you both have a lovely Christmas 😘

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